TENS for pain or neuropathy has not been definitevely proven to be effective from a scientific point of view - about half the research studies have shown some benefit and half do not. It may work for you to a certain degree but may not, there is no way to predict. If you can obtain one for trial, this would be recommended before spending your hard earned dollars on it.
I think the effectiveness varies greatly from patient to patient. I used one for a while on a trial basis, the machine had to be turned up so high that it made my back spasms worse. Your physical therapist or whoever is suggesting one should have one for a trial purpose as they do not work on everyone. Good luck.
A friend of mine uses a 10s unit to help with his neuropathy. I recently had a spinal cord(stimulator)implant done simular but different from a 10s unit to help with my neuropathy. Both of us have the non-diabetic neuropathy(don't know that it makes a difference in pain management. Anyway, I was lucky that my insurance covered my implant due to its HIGH COST! We both agree that we get some relief from our units. We also both still take medications as well. What I am learning is that different things work for different people regarding pain management. I would consider looking into the possibility of you using a 10s for a free tial period(if possible)to see if it helps you before considering purchasing one. Good luck, K.
I know of one person that uses a TENS unit and gets much relief. They are quite expensive when purchased by a non-medical person. If you know of someone in the medical profession, massothereapist, chiropractor etc, they can get these units quite inexpensively for under $100.00. It's worth looking into.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.